Bargaining

 

When people read Genesis 19, the focus is usually on Lot’s wife.

Let’s take a closer look at that chapter.
Lot was the nephew of Abraham, who was living in Sodom. When God told Abraham about his plan to destroy Sodom and
Gomorrah, he pled with God.

Abraham began bargaining with the goal of saving Lot’s family.

God in his grace, accepted the bargain – ten righteous men and the cities would be saved.

But, there weren’t ten.

Yet, God agreed to save Abraham’s family.
So, He dispatched angels to warn Abraham’s nephew. When the angels arrived, they wanted to sleep in the street.
Lot wanted them to sleep in his home.

Bargaining.

The angels let him have his way.

Later that night when men from the town wanted to have relations with the angels, what did Lot do?

He bargained.

And offered his daughters in exchange.

The next morning, the angels pushed Lot to get going. He hesitated.

The angels finally grabbed Lot by the arm, along with his wife and daughters.

Why?

Because even though Lot dragged his feet, God said he and his family would live.

And after being pushed and pulled by angels, Lot still hesitated.

Why?

Because he didn’t want to go where God told him to go. So he started bargaining with the angels.

Again.

He didn’t want to go to the mountains. And again, God let him have his way.

As fire rained down and lava poured upon Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot’s wife looked back.

But, what happened to Lot? Where did all of his bargaining get him?

Excerpted from “Dear God: Passionate Prayers in 140 Characters or Less – Volume 1 (The Power of Words)” available on Amazon in Paperback and Kindle.